When the UFC announced its multi-year deal with FOX last month, they sent the MMA world buzzing about the magnitude of how many more eyes will be able to now see this sport.
Then came the announcement of the first fight event on FOX: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Originally this fight was not set to take place until late November, but when the opportunity arose, both fighters jumped at the chance to be seen by such a wide audience.
If you are new to the sport, or are still holding on to the antiquated idea that Mixed Martial Arts is "Human Cockfighting," grow up, listen up, and allow Bleacher Report MMA to give you a few reasons why you can't afford to miss out on this milestone event.
You see that beautiful belt seated next to Cain Velasquez? Well, it's now in his possession. Whether it will stay that way after November 12 remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, when was the last time you saw a Heavyweight title fight on free network television?
In any combat sport, the Heavyweight title is the most coveted weight class around, and within MMA that distinction is no different.
Ever since these two fighters began making their climb up the heavyweight ranks, MMA fans have been looking forward to them meeting in the octagon.
They both have great stand-up coupled with power and can keep a great pace.
With this fight being thrown onto a national stage like FOX, the mainstream public will be in for a great treat.
These aren't your average MMA heavyweights from the past.
The new-age MMA heavyweight is leaner and faster, and has better cardiovascular function than some fighters half their size.
Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos are two perfect examples of high level athleticism. Just in case you weren't aware, Velasquez was a star on the Arizona State University wrestling squad, and he has managed so use that skill set in the cage pretty regularly.
A big man who can move is a beautiful thing.
Speed kills and consistant endurance utterly destroys.
Roy Nelson found this out in his match-up with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117. Brock Lesnar lost his title to this kind of combination last October at UFC 121.
The pace that Velasquez and Dos Santos will set will result in a high-octane affair.
The great thing about this fight is that both of these guys have great chins, so it shouldn't be a quick knockout right away.
We are looking at a five-round slugfest which will most likely go to a decision.
One of the reasons the UFC has made it to the level that it has is that they don't make dumb decisions. Going up against boxing in a head-to-head would be suicide.
Dana White and the gang made the conscious decision to air this fight prior to the the Manny Pacquiao fight the same night.
If you're a straight-up boxing fan, the UFC on FOX will serve as a nice appetizer to lead into the main course of your combat meal.
Fox Sports is a massive media engine with millions of dollars worth of equipment and staff that the UFC now has at their disposal.
Let's remember that the UFC is no slouch when it comes to producing a combat sports presentation. If you put those two together, that is a mighty, mighty machine.
UFC President Dana White has already made mention of the fact that the winner of the recently-signed fight between heavyweight monsters Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will be granted a shot at the winner of Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.
When you train with the best, your skill level will automatically rise. In both cases, Velasquez and Dos Santos are coming from great gyms.
On Dos Santos' end, you have the likes of Anderson Silva, The Nogueira brothers, and Antonio Silva working with Cigano.
On Vealsquez's end you have the entire mix at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). We're talking Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, and Daniel Cormier.
Both fighters have great stand-up skills as well as strong ground games, so be prepared to see them really pull some tricks out of their respective hats.
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